Cranberry Butter

Okay. Full disclosure. This recipe that I found online is actually called Crockpot Cranberry Butter. I’m surprised I even checked out the recipe, because… a crockpot? I guess I have this thing against the word “crockpot”, even though it’s fine when called a slow cooker. It’s just my memory of those first crockpots – 60’s orange. I’m surprised they didn’t come in avocado green too. Or, maybe they did.

Anyway, this recipe is from Sue’s very popular blog – The View from Great Island. Great Island, otherwise known as the island town of New Castle, New Hampshire, is where Sue moved after her nest emptied, from Los Angeles, California. That’s also where she was free of making family meals and “cut loose” in the kitchen. They’ve since moved to Madison, Wisconsin and her daughter Clare also blogs for TVFGI.

So, crockpot aside, I love butters, even though there’s no butter in them. I know I’ve made pumpkin, apple, and peach over the years, but cranberry really intrigued me. And as Sue suggests, “Slather it on everything from biscuits to turkey sandwiches!”

I decided to go ahead, with some skepticism, and use my slow cooker. I’ve seen desserts made in them, which also makes me scratch my head. I associate mine with pulled pork and short ribs!

Crockpot Cranberry Butter

24 ounces cranberries
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 whole cinnamon stick (I used two)
1 cup apple cider
I added 3 cloves and 1 star anise

Put all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine. Turn on high. Let it cook for about 2 hours, or until the cranberries are soft.

Remove the cinnamon stick and purée the mixture in a food processor. Do this in two batches. Be careful as the mixture is hot; I cover the top opening of the machine with a dish cloth. Let the machine run for a full minute. Force the purée through a mesh sieve or strainer. Push forcefully with the back of a spoon to get as much cranberry purée as you can. Discard the skins.

Pour the purée back into the crockpot. Turn the crockpot to high, and leave the lid ajar. Cook until thickened, approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Put the cranberry butter into clean jars with tight fitting lids and let cool. Store in the refrigerator and consume within a month.

I think the cranberry butter would be great either mixed with mustard or mayo for a really good and unique condiment! And for course it’s a great topping as is for cream cheese or goat cheese on crackers, which is what I did. And fabulous as a layer in a cheesecake.

I added some edible gold glitter!

By Published On: November 21st, 202348 Comments on Cranberry Butter

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Travel Gourmet November 21, 2023 at 6:49 AM - Reply

    This sounds great for the coming Christmas season!

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 10:17 AM - Reply

      Thanks! It’s very tasty!

  2. GINA November 21, 2023 at 7:15 AM - Reply

    I like the gold touch!!!

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 10:17 AM - Reply

      Thanks! I’m so creative! 🙄

      • Ben | Havocinthekitchen November 21, 2023 at 5:47 PM

        What a fan twist on fruit butter – beautiful, festive, and I bet so delicious for the cold time of the year and holiday season!

      • Chef Mimi November 22, 2023 at 7:11 AM

        It’s very pretty, and very tasty!

  3. terrie gura November 21, 2023 at 8:07 AM - Reply

    Oh yes, Mimi, the crockpot definitely was available in Avocado Green! My family had one simmering on the counter nearly every week. Some fine, fine comfort food emerged from that classic crockpot. Today, I have a multi-function slow cooker that I love for its size and features, but you know what? We had to replace it after about 8 years because the element stopped working. Sometimes I wish I still had that old Made in USA crockpot. The only thing bad about it was that it couldn’t be immersed in soapy water for cleaning. Only a few years in, Rival started making them with the removable crock.

    I’m glad you branched out and tried something different in your slow cooker. The cranberry butter sounds positively mouthwatering! 😋

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 10:18 AM - Reply

      Sometimes I’m just too stubborn for my own good! I’m glad I tried this recipe, and it’s definitely delicious!

  4. Gerlinde de Broekert November 21, 2023 at 8:14 AM - Reply

    I have a crockpot I seldom use . I used it to make apple butter . I might have to try this since I love cranberries. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 10:19 AM - Reply

      Interesting! I never would have thought to use the slow cooker for anything but meats!

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen November 21, 2023 at 9:56 AM - Reply

    This looks beautiful! Love a butter like this as well.

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 10:20 AM - Reply

      Other people can get way more creative than me using this butter. This is my creativity maxed out!

  6. angiesrecipes November 21, 2023 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    Looks so pretty and tasty!

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 4:35 PM - Reply

      Thank you Angie!

  7. Charlie DeSando November 21, 2023 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    Great cranberry recipe, looks like it belongs on the Thanksgiving table

    • Chef Mimi November 21, 2023 at 4:35 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Charlie!

  8. Sherry Mackay November 21, 2023 at 7:28 PM - Reply

    is hard cider alcoholic? i do enjoy cranberries but we only get them frozen here! and only for a brief window at christmas.

    • Chef Mimi November 22, 2023 at 7:11 AM - Reply

      Yes, it is. And it’s very good!

  9. Tandy I Lavender and Lime November 21, 2023 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    This sounds interesting! I love the name of the cider you used.

    • Chef Mimi November 22, 2023 at 7:11 AM - Reply

      The butter turned out so good!

  10. carrietalkingmeals November 22, 2023 at 2:54 AM - Reply

    Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious and such a great new way to use cranberries!

    • Chef Mimi November 22, 2023 at 7:12 AM - Reply

      It was so easy, and it’s so delicious.

  11. BERNADETTE November 22, 2023 at 6:30 AM - Reply

    These little bites look deliious and festive and even though I love my slow cooker, I never call it a crockpot. It must be a 70’s rebellion thing.

    • Chef Mimi November 22, 2023 at 7:12 AM - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad you said that!!!

  12. Ann Coleman November 22, 2023 at 12:21 PM - Reply

    What a fun and festive treat! And all these years I’ve avoided “butters” because I thought there was actually butter in them.

    • Chef Mimi November 23, 2023 at 7:06 AM - Reply

      Oh! I think everybody thinks that until the first time they follow a recipe! An odd name, really.

  13. paulineandneil3147 November 22, 2023 at 7:57 PM - Reply

    The cranberry butter looks so festive Mimi, and I love the gold glitter. Must buy some. Oh if only we could buy fresh cranberries here.

    • Chef Mimi November 23, 2023 at 7:07 AM - Reply

      That’s really too bad. It’s hard to believe you can’t get any frozen – they transport pretty well frozen!

  14. Debra November 22, 2023 at 8:39 PM - Reply

    This is a beautiful cranberry butter. I’m definitely planning to make this soon. It us is festive! Yum!

    • Debra November 22, 2023 at 8:41 PM - Reply

      No, I didn’t start celebrating Thanksgiving early. I’ll let you decide what it is I was trying to say! LOL!

    • Chef Mimi November 23, 2023 at 7:08 AM - Reply

      It’s definitely pretty, and very tasty!

  15. StefanGourmet November 23, 2023 at 12:40 AM - Reply

    For me it is strange to call this butter. I would call it jam or something like that. Looks good though.

    • Chef Mimi November 23, 2023 at 7:08 AM - Reply

      I understand. It’s not even a buttery consistency since it’s not greasy. Oh well!

  16. Raymund November 23, 2023 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    The overall presentation of the recipe is appealing. Thanks for sharing this find, and it’s great to see how you’ve creatively used the cranberry butter!

    • Chef Mimi November 24, 2023 at 6:57 AM - Reply

      That’s very sweet of you, thanks!

  17. David Scott Allen November 24, 2023 at 8:37 AM - Reply

    This is a fun recipe though I have the same associations you have with crockpots! Aside from the acid-orange, the food prepared within was usually not that interesting to me. Once they became slow cookers, I opened up!

    I just made cranberry curd which was butter rich — and look forward to making cranberry butter (which has no butter) for Christmas!

    • Chef Mimi November 26, 2023 at 7:56 AM - Reply

      Ohhh, the curd sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  18. November 25, 2023 at 12:53 AM - Reply

    I dislike the word “crockpot”. It’s a slow cooker! I’m glad you did this recipe. It looks lovely, and delicious!

    • Chef Mimi November 26, 2023 at 7:56 AM - Reply

      Thanks, Neil. I’m glad I made it, too!

  19. Jeff the Chef November 25, 2023 at 3:51 PM - Reply

    How interesting! And coincidental. I’ve been making pumpkin butter this year. It’s fantastic! I love cranberries, and can’t believe I’ve never heard of cranberry butter. But it’s not such a far leap from cranberry sauce, I guess. Seems like a bit of work, but I have feeling it pays off.

    • Chef Mimi November 26, 2023 at 7:57 AM - Reply

      I guess that’s the point of the slow cooker – it’s really not work, and doesn’t take much time. It’s probably my favorite butter. I’ve made apple, pumpkin, and pear over the years.

  20. Healthy World Cuisine November 26, 2023 at 5:49 AM - Reply

    Cranberry butter sounds delicious. I would love to slather this over pancakes, toast, oatmeal and more. Is that apple cider like a shandy or hard apple cider?

    • Chef Mimi November 26, 2023 at 7:58 AM - Reply

      The hard cider I used is a hard cider. Alcoholic, although not much. The only apple cider I could find was sold in gallon containers, so I used a can I had on hand!

  21. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats November 26, 2023 at 5:41 PM - Reply

    Love the smooth texture and color of this paste/butter. Your presentation, with the bits of gold, is so festive! :)

    • Chef Mimi November 27, 2023 at 6:58 AM - Reply

      I tried, Ronit! Glad it worked!!!

  22. spicedblog November 29, 2023 at 6:44 AM - Reply

    Oh what a cool idea…especially for the holiday season! It’s not too far off from cranberry sauce, although this butter gets pureed. Sounds yummy – and it would be great with goat cheese! Talk about a winning holiday appetizer idea. I need to make this!

    • Chef Mimi November 30, 2023 at 6:43 AM - Reply

      It’s also not as sweet. Try it!

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